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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. January 2009 Entries
2009 - Day 19 to 23
edit: You're seeing this post about a week after I wrote it... Not much to report this week, spent most of it working in South Dakota. Monday, Day 19: Worked all day, then spent a good part of the evening building a Windows Home Server. I have to say, it was a really easy process. I'm using a refurb Dell Optiplex GX280 that I picked up for < $200 at MicroCenter. I ran into TWO small snags while building it. The first was a driver issue (easily resolved with a trip to the Dell website) and the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:25 AM

Math Whiz found
Thank you everyone who left comments or contacted me directly. We have located our Math Whiz.

Matt Christian will be speaking about 3D Math (as it relates to Game Programming) at the February 19 Meeting of the Twin Cities XNA User Group.  Thanks Matt!!

(note to self:  update website.)

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:11 AM

Shawn Wildermuth coming to the Twin Cities
INETA Speaker Shawn Wildermuth is coming to the Twin Cities in February to speak at the Developers Guild. I'll get the website updated ASAP, but wanted to get this out there now: “Introducing Silverlight” Abstract: While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In this talk I will create an application ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:48 AM

My first INETA Speaker gig
I just heard from INETA this evening, and I'll be speaking at the Roanoke Code Camp on March 7 in Roanoke, VA. I'll be talking about XNA (big surprise) and I'm really really excited about it. Not only is it my first gig as an INETA Speaker, but also because Roanoke is my home town (for the first 20 years of my life, and a few more years in between other places) and I haven't been there in nearly 5 years. This should be a lot of fun ......

Posted On Sunday, January 25, 2009 6:28 PM

2009 - Day 16, 17 & 18
2009, Day 16 (Friday): Friday night was Poker Night. User Group Hell Week was over and it was time to relax and play some Poker with a bunch of my Twitter Friends. @Jolson, @BigNickOlson, @JasonBock, @DonnFelker, myself and a couple of non-Twitter folks got together at my house for some Texas Holdem. Had a great time, and even managed to win a little money too. 2009, Day 17 (Saturday): Took Jason to the airport (it was snowing) and headed home to catch up on some work and get ready for the Magenic ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 3:57 PM

2009 - Day 15
2009, Day 15 (Thursday): Today started off ok. It was insanely cold (-22F) when I got up, but since I was working from home and didn't have to go outside, it didn't really matter much. Eventually, I wrapped things up here in the afternoon and Jason O and I headed to the XNA User Group. But first, a stop by Micro Center. It seems like almost every time I go there, I end up leaving annoyed. It's not that they don't have good prices, because they do. It's not about their selection, which is great. It's ......

Posted On Friday, January 16, 2009 10:37 AM

2009 - Day 10 to 14
2009, Day 10 (Saturday): The weekend went well. Picked up a 4x8 sheet of MDF board for the gaming table for Sunday's Twilight Imperium game. Later that day I picked up Jason Olson at the airport. The weather was mostly cooperating, though we did have some snow and slick roads on the way home. Spent a couple hours parting out all the cards and minis and tiles for TI into baggies for easy/quick startup on Sunday. 2009, Day 11 (Sunday): Twilight Imperium!! We got started around 10am (mostly) and after ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 1:12 AM

Typemock Isolater 5.2
Programming Visual Basic applications? Typemock have released a new version of their unit testing tool, Typemock Isolator 5.2. This version includes a new friendly VB.NET API which makes Isolator the best Isolation tool for unit testing A Visual Basic (VB) .NET application. Isolator now allows unit testing in VB or C# for many ‘hard to test’ technologies such as SharePoint, ASP.NET MVC, partial support for Silverlight, WPF, LINQ, WF, Entity Framework, WCF unit testing and more. Note that the first ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:15 PM

Math Whiz wanted
Are you a math whiz? Maybe you love Math so much you majored in it in college, or maybe you just really "get" it... Maybe you aren't a math whiz but you know someone who is. Either way, the Twin Cities XNA User Group could use your help. We'd like someone to come in and give a talk (about an hour, maybe more) on 3D Math as it relates to graphics and game development. If interested, please contact me ......

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 10:41 AM

Tech Events in the Twin Cities this week
This week in the Twin Cities we have Jason Olson (Microsoft), coming all the way from Redmond, WA to talk to three of our local User Groups. If you get the chance, come check them out. TONIGHT: 1/12/09 6:00PM @ New Horizons Twin Cities Developers Guild (http://www.twincitiesdevel... for directions to New Horizons) Topic: .NET Framework 4.0 Overview With every successful release of the .NET Framework, more features and changes are introduced into our development lives. But what is being ......

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 9:52 AM

2009 - Day 7, 8 & 9
Last three days have been pretty decent. My good year continues... Wednesday (1/7/09) was "free chili day" at work, which was a nice surprise. I also made a lot of progress on my project at the client. Thursday (1/8/09) was also good, with lots being accomplished. I ended up leaving early (Thursday evening instead of Friday morning) to avoid a snowstorm that was headed my way. The roads weren't bad yet, though visibility was poor. I finished Book 8 of Legacy of the Force and started Book 9. (audiobook) ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 8:32 PM

2009 - Day 5 & 6
Day 5 of 2009 was pretty uneventful. I had a decent flight in from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls and drove the rest of the way in (roughly an hour.) The roads were clear and it wasn't overly windy, so that was nice. (Man that wind is a real PITA though, when it gets going.) Shifted gears at work, wrapped up my involvement on the workflow stuff last week and started on some plugin work that looks really interesting. I'm actually pretty psyched about it. The timeline (as usual) is a little aggressive, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 6, 2009 8:00 AM

2009 - Day 3 & 4
My first weekend of 2009 went well. I got home from South Dakota late Friday evening and dug through the various packages and mail I had received over the week. Still no sign of this month's CoDe Magazine yet, but I remain optimistic. :) Saturday, I puttered around the house for a bit and then I was off to play in Rocky's Helicon V game. We played for about 9 hours and I managed to NOT die, which was good since I did get the crap blown out of me a couple times. Helicon V uses a homebrewed system ......

Posted On Monday, January 5, 2009 12:01 PM

2009 - Day 2
As I mentioned in my earlier blog posts, my 2009 got off to a great start, having been notified of my MVP award and my selection to the INETA Speakers Bureau. Some of my really good friends also received their MVP awards (some for the first time) or appointment to the INETA Speakers Bureau, or in a few cases, both. So yesterday, Jan 2 2009, had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. A couple things happened yesterday, but the biggest is that my good friend Amanda Laucher (@Pandamonial ......

Posted On Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:44 AM

Microsoft MVP award
2009 just keeps getting better.

I just got the email from Microsoft that I have received the Microsoft MVP award. This is my 4th time receiving it and it's still just as exciting as the first 3 times.  Looking forward to getting the package in the mail and going to the summit again this year!!

Posted On Thursday, January 1, 2009 8:53 AM

INETA Speakers Bureau
I'm happy to announce (ok, wait... that's a gross understatement...)

I'm THRILLED to announce that I've been selected to be a part of the INETA Speakers Bureau. As a user group leader, I've taken advantage of this benefit from INETA for years and pretty much as long as I've known about it, I've wanted to be a part of it. A little after midnight, (that would be this morning) I got an email confirming that I had been selected.

I can't wait to get started!!

Posted On Thursday, January 1, 2009 7:44 AM

It's 2009
Here's to a New Year... Happy New Year to all my geeky (and non-geeky, you know who you are) friends!

Posted On Thursday, January 1, 2009 7:40 AM

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